Upgrade Discounts End Soon!

We’ve been running some sort of upgrade discount ever since the launch of Logos 4 back in November 2009. As not all good things can last forever, you have three weeks to take advantage of base package upgrades. Special upgrade discounts end September 30, 2011!

Don’t Wait Any Longer

If you’ve been considering upgrading your Logos 4 base package to a higher base package level, or even if you are still using Logos 3, this is your last chance to save money on your upgrade!

Act before the discounts expire and you could save as much as $630.00 on your upgrade! With all the new content you’ll get, your upgrade price will be cheaper than if you were to get just one or two titles by themselves.

But no matter which package you upgrade to, the bottom line is that you’ll pay less if you upgrade by September 30, 2011. If you wait, you’ll pay more—up to $630.00 more. It’s that simple.

See your personalize upgrade discount now!

7 Reasons for Upgrading Now

Besides the limited-time discounts and savings, there are lots of other great reasons to upgrade. Here are just a few:

  • Add up to hundreds of new books to your digital library for pennies on the dollar
  • Improved passage guides, word study guides, exegetical guides, reports, and search results
  • Powerful new tools, features, databases, and more if upgrading from a lower base package level
  • A customized upgrade discount based on your current package level
  • No need to reinstall. After you upgrade, the next time you sign in to Logos, you’ll automatically start downloading the new content
  • Syncing between home, office, mobile devices, and the web
  • An interest-free payment plan to help stay within your budget

Best of all, upgrading before the discounts expire will save you money. Just remember, the higher you upgrade, the deeper your discount.

See What You’ll Get—And What You’ll Save

Compare contents and discounts side by side and get the one that’s right for you!

Take Advantage of Our Payment Plan

Did you know you can use a payment plan to spread your payments out over 12 months? This is great for parents or students, or for pastors with a monthly book budget. If you’re considering upgrading soon anyway, this is a great way to get the discount now while not having to spend beyond what you can afford.

Find out what discounts you qualify for and use our interest-free payment plan option during checkout by upgrading now!

If we can help answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 875-6467 or (360) 527-1700. Just call us before the current deals expire!

For those who have recently upgraded, what reason for upgrading was the most compelling? Leave us a comment so others can hear from you!

Give Us Your Feedback with the Logos User Survey!

One of the best ways to create excellent software is to listen to your users. In fact, it is our conviction that customer feedback continues to make Logos Bible Software even better.

There are a number of channels to communicate with Logos. You can leave comments on the blog, email us at suggest@logos.com, comment in the forums, our Facebook page, or contact us via Twitter (and this is just the tip of the iceberg).

Not only do we thrive on your feedback, we find it beneficial to know more about you. Are you a church leader, pastor, student? How often do you use Logos Bible Software? What are your favorite periodicals? Do you own a Kindle? These kinds of questions are invaluable to us as we consider future directions and technologies.

We encourage you to visit our user survey and help us serve you better.

Simply answer the questions you are comfortable answering and skip any questions which are not applicable. You can leave the survey at any time and come back to it later to pick up where you left off.

The more data you can give us, the better position we are in to offer the products and services which will serve you best. So get started on the Logos user survey now!

Get Hasting’s Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics on Community Pricing

For nearly fifteen years I have tried—without success—to get people interested in Hasting’s Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics.

It began when I was cornered at a conference by a pair of seminary professors who marveled that we had neglected a Logos edition of Hastings’ Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics. I went online and purchased a print edition and started to use it myself with great enjoyment. Since then I have placed this set on and off Pre-Pub a number of times without success—yet I keep trying.

It is one of the finest reference sets produced in the last century. It is still one of the most quoted reference sets in the field of religion and biblical studies to this day. Over the years, many scholars and professors have commented on the many articles in this series which are addressed in no other reference work. It is a popular goto series for our own writers and researchers.

Why won’t this set make it through Pre-Pub? One problem is that the series has always been a library resource. Not that many private copies were ever sold. With a retail value of nearly $800, it has been out of reach for all but the most ardent enthusiasts. Perhaps, together, we can bring this fine work within reach of everyone.

I know you are probably not interested in spending $800 for a collection you have never heard of, but maybe you would be interested at $20, $30, or $40. I know I would. Help us save this set for future generations. Take the opportunity to bid for this set for pennies on the dollar.

Community Pricing ensures you will never pay an amount higher than your bid and you may even win the opportunity to purchase at a lower price if enough people participate. The only way to lose out is to bid lower than the final price that covers production costs.

With Hastings’ Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics (13 vols.) available on your ipod, Iphone, iPad, or Android device—you could be a walking encyclopedia yourself!

Bestselling Author Carol Kent Raves about Logos Bible Software

Carol Kent and Logos Presenter Scott Lindsey during the Women in Ministry Summit.

Last week we ran a blog post on one attendee’s experience at the Women in Ministry Summit Logos hosted. We wanted to share another testimonial of how this day of training and fellowship positively impacted these ministry leaders.

Today’s guest post is from the founder of Speak Up Ministries, Carol Kent, who attended the Summit. Carol is an international public speaker and the bestselling author of several books. She blogs and directs an annual Speak Up Conference to equip the next generation of speakers, writers, and leaders.

Do you have a heart for teaching God’s Word, but a limited budget? Have you ever wondered which reference books you should purchase to best get prepared to minister to others? Do you love the Bible and long to share truth with your Bible class, retreat group, or small group?

I could have answered “Yes” to all of those questions before I was introduced to Logos Bible Software. Now, instead of spreading reference books all over my dining room table to prepare for a message, I have an entire library loaded on my laptop, so I can study on a plane, in my home, or on the road.

Logos Bible Software has revolutionized the way I do Bible study. I have Greek and Hebrew definitions of Bible words at hand by hovering my curser over any verse.

Preparation that used to take me twelve hours for one message now takes only a third of that time.

I love this software, but the best part of Logos is the people who work for this remarkable company. I have never experienced customer service that is so personalized and helpful. Scott Lindsey and the Logos team who sponsored The Women in Ministry Summit in Dallas made learning fun! They were patient, long-suffering, humorous, giving, and encouraging.

I am impressed with their program, but even more, I appreciate the way in which—even at the summit—they created an atmosphere for learning that made the most technologically challenged person feel included. The Women in Ministry Summit rocked in every way.

Here are a few of Carol’s pictures from the Summit. Check out all of the photos from the Women in Ministry Summit in our Facebook album.

See for Yourself What Logos 4 Can Do for Your Bible Study

Take a tour of the features available in Logos 4, and see how this award-winning software can take your Bible study to the next level! Then take a look at our base packages and see which one might be right for you.

10 Pre-Pubs for Your Old Testament Studies

We recently shared some suggestions for finding bargains on Logos.com. One suggestion was to keep your eye on the Pre-Pub page, a valuable place to get new resources at a fantastic price.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of Old Testament resources available on Pre-Pub. We wanted to highlight a few which—if you act fast—you can purchase before they go into development.

  1. Fortress Press Hebrew Bible Collection (11 vols.)
  2. Isaiah 40–66: A Commentary
  3. Library of Hebrew Bible/OT Studies: JSOTS on Nevi’im (7 vols.)
  4. Library of Hebrew Bible/OT Studies: JSOTS Old Testament Monographs (7 vols.)
  5. Studies in Old Testament Themes (6 vols.)
  6. Old Testament Hermeneutics Collection (18 vols.)
  7. History of Old Testament Interpretation Collection (14 vols.)
  8. Studies on Esther (4 vols.)
  9. Studies on Joshua Collection (3 vols.)
  10. Studies on Zechariah (4 vols.)

Take advantage of these Pre-Pub prices soon. It will only take a few more orders to kick most of these items into production!

Leave us a comment and let us know which of these Pre-Pubs you would love to add to your library!

The Ninth Annual Logos Bake-Off

We use the word culture to define the shared values and practices of a group, and one can get a real sense of the culture at Logos by our many cook-offs. What sort of things would you learn from a cook-off about the company culture at Logos?

  • We love to eat
  • We value the community building activity of eating together
  • We have a healthy appreciation for competition

Consider the ninth annual Logos bake-off. This event was held on the afternoon of August 16, in the historic Flatiron Building.

Ten brave contestants offered their best baked goods to hundreds of hungry Logos employees. In the end, three entrants were chosen as this year’s crème de la crème:
  1. David Ladiges: Chocolate Chip Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
  2. Bethany Olsen: Butterfinger Pie
  3. Caleb Hazel: Barnyard Berry Cheesecake

David was more than happy to share the recipe for his award winning cheesecake pie with us!

Guilt Free Chocolate-chip Strawberry Cheesecake

2 Chocolate Oreo Pie Crusts
1 1/2 lbs. cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream (room temperature)
2 large eggs (room temperature)
1 tablespoons vanilla
12 ounces chocolate chips
1–2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Strawberry filling (vary amount to taste)

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix softened cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and mix until smooth again. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until smooth once more. Add eggs and, yes, mix until smooth. Stir in 9 ounces of chocolate chips, reserving the remaining chips. Divide evenly into the pie crusts.
  2. Spread strawberry filling over the pie filling in an “S” shape and, using a knife, make shallow cuts in the filling to create a marbled effect mixing the topping into the filling. (Use about 2–5 tablespoons of filling per pie as desired). Reserve some strawberry filling for the topping.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 50–60 minutes. When the center is nearly set (usually around 55 minutes) turning off the oven, open the oven door and leave the pies cooling for one hour.
  4. Remove pies to counter or wire rack to cool to room temperature before chilling in the refrigerator for 3—4 hours. After pies are chilled, spread a very thin layer of strawberry filling over the top of the pies. (Use about 1—2 tablespoons of filling per pie).
  5. Melt reserved chocolate chips and mix in whipping cream until smooth. Divide evenly over the pies and spread until tops of the pies are completely covered. Return pies to fridge to chill until ready to serve.

Join Us!

If you think your recipe could win the tenth annual bake-off or you would just like an opportunity to taste tons of tasty treats, why not look into a career with Logos Bible Software?

Leave us a comment and tell us what baked good you would enter in a Logos bake-off!

Logos 4: Hyperlink Unrecognizable Bible References

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsAs you probably know, contained within the recent release of Logos  4.3 is the Personal Books tool, which allows you to convert your .docx files into Logos resources. Our team here at MP Seminars has posted numerous QuickClip videos to help you get started in building your books. I also wanted to provide written instructions in this blog.

If your .docx file contains recognizable Bible references, Logos will  automatically hyperlink them when it builds your personal book.

For example, if the following sentence is in your document, Logos will automatically hyperlink John 3:16:

The most famous verse in all of Scripture is John 3:16.

Since John 3:16 is recognizable as a Bible reference, Logos does all the work to hyperlink it. Here are other examples of recognizable Bible references:

  • John 3
  • Jn 3:16
  • John 3:12-17

If however, your document contains the following sentence, Logos will not automatically hyperlink the verse:

Look at verse 16, the most famous verse in the Bible, which says, For God so loved the world.

Nowhere in the sentence do we find a recognizable Bible reference. Logos does not know which verse 16 we are referring to. Nor does Logos recognize which verse contains, “For God so loved the world.”

So to hyperlink unrecognizable Bible references, we have to add special tagging to the text in the .docx file. Here is what the tagged text should look like:

Look at [[verse 16 >> John 3:16]], the most famous verse in  the Bible, which says, [[For God so loved the world >> John  3:16]].

To hyperlink verse 16 to John 3:16, place double square brackets to the left of the text. After the text, insert a space followed by two greater than signs, then insert the Bible reference you are wanting to link to. Then close with two double square brackets.

Only the text to the left of the greater than signs (verse 16) will  appear in the Personal Book when Logos builds it; that text, however, will be hyperlinked to John 3:16.

At first this may seem tedious, but after using the tag a few times, you will be able to hyperlink any text you want very quickly.

If John 3:16 is the most famous verse, which would you say are the second or third most famous verses? Leave a comment letting us know!

Weekly Roundup: September 03

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of September 03, 2011.

Key Item

Get the entire New International Commentary for $999.95! Enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to see the special price. Hurry—sale ends September 12, 2011!

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Logos Forum

Logos Facebook Page

Products

New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to get these at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

New to Community Pricing: Classic Commentaries and Studies on Galatians (24 vols.)

Part of the growing number of collections of Classic Commentaries and Studies available in Community Pricing:

Bid today and save a bundle before these collections cross over the 100% mark!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newer postings on our Careers page:

Customer Service

Marketing Department

Publications

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

What You Could Be Missing: See NICOT/NT in Logos for Yourself!

You still have a little more time to get the 40-volume New International Commentary at a discount. But don’t wait—the Back-to-School Sale ends soon. Enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to see the special price. Download it now!

Gary Thomas Discusses The Glorious Pursuit

“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”—Romans 8:29 (ESV)

This has been a favorite verse of mine for years. I have always loved the idea of being molded and formed into the image and character of Christ. But the inherent challenge here is in making sure we are not frustrating this work while doing what we can to be pliable.

Gary Thomas has been a mentor to me for some time in this area. His writings have instilled in me an insatiable desire to not only focus on building the character of Christ within me, but to understand how Christians have practiced spiritual formation in the past.

When I saw that Logos was carrying Thomas’ The Glorious Pursuit: Embracing the Virtues of Christ, I jumped at an opportunity to ask him some questions about this fantastic book on Christian virtues.

Logos: It has been a while since you penned The Glorious Pursuit. What do you remember about the process?

Thomas: I was approached by NavPress to write a book for a series they were doing on forgotten or neglected ancient spiritual practices. Practicing the virtues was a mainstay for many centuries of church history, and we felt it would be equally helpful and relevant for Christians to reclaim this practice today. So much of contemporary Christian teaching focuses on “not sinning.” I was eager to write a book focusing on something positive—what we can become. Instead of obsessing over becoming “unlike the devil” I believe Scripture calls us to focus on becoming like Christ.

Logos: You discuss 14 classical virtues (humility, surrender, detachment, love, chastity, generosity, vigilance, patience, discernment, thankfulness, gentleness, fortitude, obedience, and penitence), which of those did you find was the most challenging to write about?

Thomas: There’s a reason I had to use two chapters to fully cover humility. It’s been called the “queen of the virtues” and rightly so. It’s the hardest one to live out, in many ways, and yet the foundation for so much that follows (along with love, of course).

Another particularly challenging one was detachment, since that’s such a foreign concept to contemporary believers. We just don’t think in those terms, yet doing so can be revolutionary in a believer’s life.

Logos: One online reviewer said of The Glorious Pursuit, “This is one of the best and most helpful books I’ve ever read.” Do you often hear from people whose lives have been touched by your work?

Thomas: Just about every day, in all honesty. It’s humbling, knowing how little I know, and knowing how messed up I can be, and yet seeing how God can play some great music through rather dented instruments.

Logos: One of the endorsements for the Glorious Pursuit was by J. I. Packer. If I remember correctly, Packer also endorses your book Seeking the Face of God. Do you consider Packer a mentor?

Thomas: Absolutely. He was my thesis advisor, and small group advisor during one year at Regent College, so I got to spend some time with him, including in his home. I admire Dr. Packer’s courage, fidelity to Scripture, and passion for the Gospel. Even in his later years, he is passionate about seeing God’s church move forward. Time with him (I got to visit with him again about 2 years ago when I was up in Canada) is always tremendously inspiring for me.

At a theological level, I especially appreciate Packer’s ability as a “fair” critic. When he challenges another tradition with which he has disagreements, he’ll point out its strengths and what the church at large can learn from it, and then gently but brilliantly expose the flaws (or at least problematic tendencies). I’ve tried to emulate that approach, drawing on the strengths of a wide range of traditions without rejecting them in total, while still staying true to a rather conservative theological (and I think biblical) perspective.

Logos: In what ways have you heard about The Glorious Pursuit being used in group settings?

Thomas: It’s been used by weight loss groups, prison chaplains, men’s groups, and women’s Bible studies. What I hear back from these participants is that they appreciate the positive focus—looking at what we can become, rather than obsessing over what we should avoid.

Logos: What would you say to someone who has picked up a copy of The Glorious Pursuit and is starting their journey toward practicing Christian virtues?

Thomas: Take the chapter on gentleness to heart, and be gentle with yourself. This is a lifelong journey. The more I understand about the physiology of our brain, the more brilliant I believe this ancient practice is. It takes time to create new neurological grooves and therefore moral habits. We have to consciously choose our focus, put it into practice, and wait until it becomes sort of like second nature, though in this case, it’s a supernaturally empowered redeemed nature.

The Glorious Pursuit is not only a fantastic personal resource, it is valuable for discipleship and small groups as well. I can personally attest to using this book in a variety of settings and its rich content always helps foster deep, engaging, and transparent discussion.

Order a copy of The Glorious Pursuit today and get it while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

For more information about Gary Thomas, visit GaryThomas.com or follow him on Twitter.

Have you read The Glorious Pursuit? Leave us a comment and tell us what you thought.